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WCC’s top two set for showdown

Never thought I'd be labeling the Gonzaga-San Francisco rematch a showdown after witnessing GU's 69-41 win a month ago in Spokane, but the Dons have made tonight's game at War Memorial Gym a big one by winning six of eight to move into second place. Game preview here.

In-game updates on twitter @SRjimm

Zags entertain USF, Blanchette on conference landscape

Gonzaga, fresh from a 20-point win over BYU on Thursday, takes on visiting San Francisco on Saturday at the Kennel. The Dons have won two straight, including a 75-72 victory at Portland on Thursday.

USF has knocked off Gonzaga the last three years at Memorial Gym in San Francisco, but the Dons haven't won in Spokane since 1988-89 season (67-64).

My short game preview for Saturday's S-R is below.

Update: John Blanchette weighs in on the Catholic 7 and Gonzaga after a visit with  WCC commissioner Jamie Zaninovich.

Zags fall again at USF

Senior center Robert Sacre is still the only Bulldog on the roster to experience a win at San Francisco's War Memorial Gym.

Gonzaga, after overtime losses to USF the last two years, lost on Rashad Green's 7-foot shot with 3.3 seconds left, giving the Dons a 66-65 win Saturday. GU is one game behind Saint Mary's with two games left as it chases its 12th straight WCC crown.Saint Mary's visits Portland and USF next week. Gonzaga has a home game with BYU on Thursday and a road game against San Diego on Saturday.

Here's a link to my game story that will run in Sunday's S-R. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.

Zags face tough test at USF

Gonzaga avenged one of its two WCC road losses from last season with a win over Santa Clara on Thursday. The Zags will try to do the same against San Francisco on Saturday at War Memorial Gym. The Dons have knocked off Gonzaga the last two seasons in their home building.

Here's my preview that will run in Saturday's S-R. Here's a link to my day-after Santa Clara post from earlier today.

Day after San Francisco

The words of warning have been issued and they finally came true last night. LMU, one of the teams outside the Big 3 of Gonzaga, Saint Mary's and BYU, rose up and smacked the Cougars in Provo last night. It probably won't be the last time the top three absorb a loss from one of the upstarts.

Gonzaga avoided a similar fate, dismissing San Francisco 74-63. Still, it's apparent USF has the weapons to give the conference frontrunners problems. GU led by 20 points, but USF rallied to make it fairly competitive. And the Dons did it with none of the regulars having a particularly good night, particularly at the offensive end.

Here are the links: Meehan game story, Blanchette column, Anderson photos (several examples of the scraps Sacre encounters every game). More on BYU's loss, Saint Mary's win and San Diego's three-point barrage against Portland. USD visits Gonzaga on Saturday.

Read on for more in my day-after USF post.

Edi’s 15 points help GU past USF

Back with my game story from Gonzaga's 74-63 victory over San Francisco on Thursday. Guy Landry Edi gave the Bulldogs a big lift off the bench, scoring a season-high 15 points. Elias Harris and Robert Sacre each had 14 points and six rebounds. Kevin Pangos chipped in 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

David Stockton had four first-half steals. He also had a pair of assists.

You can access my game story here. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.

Zags back home for San Francisco

Gonzaga is back at the MAC tomorrow night and the Kennel Club, which has been on winter break for the last six games, should be back in full force, too. Here's my game preview of Gonzaga-San Francisco that will run in Thursday's S-R.

Landry release; USF guard leaving

Gonzaga issued a release on Guy Landry Edi signing his letter of intent (haven't seen him referred to as 'Edi' in any recruiting articles or on Midland website). More here.  

Also, San Francisco is losing guard Marko Petrovic, who hopes to play overseas.

Vandals fall, will play USF in tourney

Idaho couldn't overcome a couple of costly late turnovers, falling to San Jose State 74-68 Thursday in the WAC men's tournament quarterfinals.

Shortly after the loss, Idaho learned that it will play at San Francisco, the third-place finisher in the WCC, on UPDATE: Wednesday (not Tuesday as indicated by Idaho officials earlier) in the tournament. Idaho played in the event two years ago, going 1-1.

Game story in about an hour.

GU women to face Pilots, men get USF

Third-seeded San Francisco pulled away from No. 6 Pepperdine 76-59 late Saturday night to earn a semifinal date with No. 2 Gonzaga in the WCC men's tournament. GU and USF split during the season.

The top-seeded Gonzaga women will face No. 4 Portland, which ended Santa Clara's season.

More on the semifinal matchups here.

Zags continue climb up WCC standings

Gonzaga completed a 2-0 homestand by thumping San Francisco 70-53 on Saturday. GU is alone in second place heading into Thursday's showdown with Saint Mary's in Moraga. USF slipped to third.

My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.

Zags thump Dons 70-53

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Steven Gray scored 19 points and Marquise Carter had 16 of his 18 points in the second half as Gonzaga pulled away from San Francisco for a 70-53 WCC win on Saturday.

Gonzaga (19-9, 9-3) won its sixth straight conference game. The Zags moved ahead of USF (14-13, 8-4) into solo second place in the standings.

Michael Williams paced the Dons with 13 points.

More in about two hours.

GU claims outright title

Back with the expanded game story from Gonzaga’s 75-69 win over USF. Read on for the unedited version below and check back tomorrow for a day-after post.

Zags hold off USF, 75-69

Gonzaga made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 3:10 to outlast San Francisco 75-69, giving the 18th-ranked Bulldogs an outright WCC championship. The Dons, who beat Gonzaga in overtime last month, gave the Zags all they could handle, but USF’s rally from a 10-point deficit with 6:22 remaining fell short at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

GU needed a win or a Saint Mary’s loss to secure its ninth outright title in 10 years. Gonzaga shared the title with Pepperdine in 2002.

Elias Harris scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half. Steven Gray added 15 points, Robert Sacre 13 and Matt Bouldin 11 for Gonzaga (24-5, 12-2).

Dior Lowhorn paced the Dons (12-17, 7-7) with 17 points. San Francisco will be the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament if Saint Mary’s beats Loyola Marymount. At the time of this post, the visiting Lions were leading the Gaels 43-41 at halftime.

USF led by 10 early, but the Zags rattled off 14 unanswered points and 21 of 23 to take a nine-point advabtage. GU led 35-33 at half and used an early 7-0 run to expand it to 42-35. The Dons stayed close and were within 52-49 after Angelo Caloiaro’s runner. Manny Arop’s 3-pointer put Gonzaga in front 68-60 with 4:56 left. USF pulled within three points twice in the last 2:38, but Gray and Bouldin each went 2 of 2 from the foul line and Sacre was 1 of 2.


Dons end GU’s nine-game winning streak

Back with the unedited game story from Gonzaga’s 81-77 overtime loss to San Francisco. You can read it below.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a day-after post.

Zags fall in overtime

Gonzaga has been in seven close to semi-close WCC games. After winning the first six, the Bulldogs dropped the seventh, a 81-77 overtime decision to USF on Saturday night at War Memorial Gym.

Dior Lowhorn, whose 3-pointer forced overtime, hit two more 3s in the extra session and Angelo Caloiaro added another trey. Lowhorn’s second 3 put the Dons in front 73-71 and Caloairo’s 3 made it 76-72.

Elias Harris led Gonzaga with 21 points and Matt Bouldin added 15, six in overtime. GU made just 4 of 8 free throws in overtime. Lowhorn’s 22 points paced USF.

Back with the game story in about 90 minutes.

Gonzaga, USF going OT

San Francisco’s Dior Lowhorn made the most of a second opportunity, hitting a 3-pointer seconds after missing from roughly the same spot, to tie the score with 9.8 seconds left. Steven Gray was short on a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left and USF’s Dontae Bryant’s 75-foot fling hit backboard and iron but didn’t drop at the buzzer.

So, we’re going to overtime, tied at 67 at the end of regulation.

Bulldogs up seven at break

Gonzaga used a 14-4 run in the middle of the first half to take a 33-26 lead over San Francisco at intermission.

The Bulldogs took the lead for good, 14-12, on Elias Harris’ transition layup with 14:53 left. The margin grew to five on Matt Bouldin’s 6-foot bank shot and nine on Robert Sacre’s dunk with 7:24 left.

San Francisco scored the next six points, but Gonzaga countered with eight of the last 12 points, capped by Steven Gray’s bank shot with 46 ticks left.

Harris scored eight points, Sacre seven and Demetri Goodson six. Grant Gibbs (four points) gave GU its only bench points. Rashad Green led USF with nine points, but the Dons starting frontcourt of Tomas Bruha and leading scorer Dior Lowhorn each picked up three fouls.

The Bulldogs made 15 of 31 shots (48.4 percent), but just 1 of 7 free throws. The Dons hit 10 of 24 shots (41.7 percent).

More at the buzzer.

Gonzaga improves to 10-0 in WCC

Back with an expanded game story. The unedited version is below. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.


Bulldogs visit struggling Dons

Gonzaga will try to keep its WCC record unblemished when it faces San Francisco at 8 p.m. Thursday.

No. 19 Gonzaga is 18-5 overall, 9-0 in the WCC. USF is 9-16, 1-9.

Read on for my unedited game preview.

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